Producer “CODA” Philippe Rousselet’s next film “Maestro” has been sold to the main territories by Orange Studio which organized a market screening in Cannes.
“Maestro” is adapted from the Israeli film “Footnote” by Joseph Cesar, nominated for the Oscars and awarded at Cannes. The film is directed by Bruno Chiche and stars Yvan Attal, Pierre Arditi, Miou-Miou and Pascale Arbillot. “Maestro” follows a father and a son, The Dumars, who are conductors.
Orange Studio sold the film to major distributors around the world, including Japan (Gaga), Canada (AZ), Israel (Lev Cinema), Portugal (Nos Lusomundo), Benelux (Vertigo), Germany (Wild Bunch Germany), Italy (BIM), Spain (Vertigo) and South Korea (T-CAST). Other territories are in advanced negotiations. The film will be released on December 7 by Apollo Films Distribution.
Rousselet, one of the best French producers who recently won an Oscar for “CODA”, described “Maestro” has an incredibly moving story that is not only about music but also about family and the relationship between a father and a son. . Rousselet said “Maestro” was in line with what Vendôme Films likes to produce.
Charlotte Boucon, head of global sales at Orange Studio, described “Maestro” as an “original and touching family story where music plays a crucial role”. She underlined that “French cinema has regularly demonstrated its ability to move international audiences”. “We look forward to bringing the turbulent relationship between a father and son to the public as they both seek to take charge of Milan’s prestigious Scala.”
Orange Studio’s Cannes line-up includes Pietro Marcello’s “Scarlet” and Nicolas Pariser’s “The Green Perfume”, which have their world premieres at the Directors’ Fortnight on the opening and closing nights, respectively. The company is also behind “Mascarade” by Nicolas Bedos with Isabelle Adjani, Pierre Niney, Marine Vacth, François Cluzet, Laura Morante and Emmanuelle Devos.
Vendôme Films has produced more than 20 French-language films to date, including “La Famille Bélier” (with Jerico Films) which was remade in “CODA”. Recent credits include the period film “Farewell Mr Haffmann”. Rousselet has also produced a series of films in English through his American company Vendome Pictures, for example “Source Code” by Duncan Jones with Jake Gyllenhaal which grossed $150 million at the box office, and “Lord of War” by Andrew Niccol with Nicholas Cage; and Idris Elba’s star “The Take.”